There was pandemonium on Monday, October 19, at the Apapa axis of Lagos as angry truck drivers halt all commercial activities in the port and also shut down the NPA terminal.
It was alleged that the multiple creation of check points by men of the Nigeria Customs Service was the reason for the protests as the drivers allege extortion from the officers.
Recall that in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari constituted a Task Force Team to manage the situation and report in two weeks.
Some truck owners and barge operators lamented that they were being forced to cough out hefty amounts as bribes or their trucks would either be turned back or impounded from the conveying barges.
The situation went beyond control on Monday as truck drivers went irate and brought economic activities in the area to a stand-still.
Some of their demands are that Customs must close all multiple check points within the facility
They also want the APMT to work effectively, otherwise it will be forced out of Nigeria.
A driver who claim anonymity told out reporter that they are made to pay as much as N200,000 to drive their truck into the NPA terminal.
The truck driver noted that apart from the time wasted in traffic, the truck owner would still cough out up to N200,000 as bribes to the various security officials, PTT and the unions.
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“The task force holders are extorting money from the truck owners to the tune of #150,000-#200-000k before allowing the truck to go into the terminal to uplift the incoming goods
“Failure to comply your truck will be left in the grid lock for 2months before its gets to the terminal.”
They also want the APMT to work effectively; otherwise it will be forced out of Nigeria and further say that lack of space to park their trucks is a major problem.
In line with the activities of the EndSARS protesters, the drivers also lament police brutality on them and call for a stop.